During your child's checkup, the hygienist will clean their teeth and look for signs of gum disease or other issues that need the dentist's attention. Your child will also receive guidance on how to care for their teeth with good brushing and flossing habits. Once the cleaning is complete, the dentist will evaluate your child's teeth and gums and may order x-rays to see below the gums and inside your child's teeth to check for hidden signs of decay and other issues. Once the exam is complete, the dentist will discuss any needed treatment options, including the use of sealants or fluoride treatments.
Make sure your child is brushing and flossing regularly – in the morning, at bedtime and after meals – and avoids sugary snacks. While this is not always possible with children, it is important for them to build positive dental habits for proper tooth and jaw development. Be sure your child has regular dental visits twice each year and always wears a mouthguard when participating in sports.
During the cleaning portion of the exam, the hygienist will be able to evaluate how well your child is caring for their teeth by looking for places where plaque or tartar have built up. The hygienist will be able to demonstrate the proper brushing and flossing technique with your child – they can even practice to make sure they're doing it right.
Use a toothbrush with soft bristles and a small strip of fluoride toothpaste. When you brush your teeth, move the brush in small circular motions to reach food particles that may be under your gum line. Hold the toothbrush at an angle and brush slowly and carefully, covering all areas between teeth and the surface of each tooth. It will take you several minutes to thoroughly brush your teeth. Brush up on the lower teeth, down on the upper teeth and the outside, inside and chewing surface of all of your front and back teeth. Brush your tongue and the roof of your mouth before you rinse.
As soon as the bristles start to wear down or fray, replace your toothbrush with a new one. The American Dental Association recommends changing your child's toothbrush every 3 to 4 months. After 2 minutes of brushing, encourage your child to spit in the sink.
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